Rave Reviews: Mark & Ellen | Somerset, VA

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Glenn Robertson allowed, tolerated, even encouraged us to have as much involvement in the process as we wanted.

The Groves turned to Smith & Robertson to build their Timberpeg post-and-beam residence in Somerset, Virginia. After almost a year of searching, the couple found land with a mountain view and set about finding a builder who could craft a house that would showcase their collection of 18th and 19th-century furniture. The couple had a program (that wish list clients provide custom builders) stacked stone chimney, lots of light, and great views wherever possible, and a simple, handcrafted feel.

In search of post-and-beam experts, they contacted Smith & Robertson and discovered instantly the value of good rapport. "Glenn interviewed us as much as we interviewed him," Ellen says laughing. Mark agrees, adding, "You have to spend a lot of time together when you build a house."

The client builder team devised an open floor plan that placed the chimney in the center to avoid blocking views or light. They carefully chose materials that would enhance but not overshadow the fine collections they would surround. "Smith & Robertson's level of integrity is rare in the building trade," says Ellen, who had built two houses previously. "They build the old-fashioned way, taking pride in their work."

Along the way, it was the craftsmanship that appealed to the Groves. "From the framing crew to the finish crew, the building experience was a delight. We realized we were working with artisans who were proud of their craft."

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I am fortunate enough to be living in a house designed and built by Smith and Robertson. I absolutely love my house and wouldn’t change anything about it.

Andrea | Earlysville, VA

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